2013 DC Emancipation Day Lectures

emancipation day2DC Emancipation Day pays tribute to the ending of slavery in the District of Columbia. The celebration began on April 16, 1862, shortly after President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. This decree led to the freeing of 3,100 slaves, reimbursed slaveholders, and offered the freed men and women funds to emigrate.

The observance became a public legal holiday for the District of Columbia after passage of DC Act 15-082 in 2005. During the weeks before and on the day of this historic commemoration, many residents reflect upon events central to the District of Columbia, the United States and the international community.

On Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall, American University Professor Clarence Lusane will discuss the history, role and presence of blacks in the White House from 1800 to the present.  You do not want to miss these enlightening presentations!

We look forward to seeing you on April 2.